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UPDATE: Manfrotto Digital Director vs New Camlet Mount: A kickstarter project compatible with a huge range of tablets and smartphones

4/15/2015 ISO 1200 Magazine 4 Comments

If only a day ago we talked about the new Manfrotto Digital Director ( that we love), today we received an email with other interesting project "The Camlet Mount". Very interesting, because you can use with all kind of devices and not only with an Ipad Air.

As photographers we were frustrated that DSLR interfaces couldn't yet match the ease and connectivity of phones and tablets, so I invented something to bridge that gap. Canon's eye was caught by the very first iteration, amongst other big photography names, so David Slater patented and improved the design.

The Camlet Mount will be launched on Kickstarter and in the wake of great crowdfunded photography successes like Prynt and Moment Case, we intend it to be a fantastic, low-cost addition for amateur and prosumer photographers alike to get their kit together!

Use it for photography and videography out in the field, to streamline your studio, for superior selfies, or just to take advantage of all the amazing apps currently out there for photo editing,
filtering, sharing - and even controlling your camera !


THE CAMLET MOUNT is a unique tool to improve DSLR cameras, enabling easy use of a phone or tablet's larger touchscreen and connectivity by mounting it directly on the hot shoe. It's light and quickly adjustable into many positions - designed for you to get the most out of all the apps to control the camera, then edit and share photos - all from one place. Which, since you can use your mobile data through your camera, could literally be anywhere! We have tested it at the top of the Rockefeller Center and swinging on Vancouver's Capilano Bridge.

Low profile and forward-facing positions make it great for video and vlogging, and the camera controls can all still be used as normal, including with a tripod or strap. It gives a much improved live-view without an expensive extra monitor, and we'd argue, has more flexibility too! Our aim is to provide a very affordable solution for anyone to upgrade their camera.

Getting your kit together with Camlet Mount can be either wired or wireless, depending on the device combination. What this facilitates will be fairly new to some - and with an array of possible device combinations, the information on how to connect can be confusing to anyone - so we've condensed that info into a simple guide:

Our package includes a cable (for the device combinations that need it) and two different-sized holders designed to easily switch out phones and tablets, but which grip very securely. We've worked hard to ensure all parts give Camlet Mount the best and most unique features a mount can have. For example we've also tuned it to a particular level of stiffness that can always be adjusted by hand (without changing any tightening knobs) while staying ultra-stable, and it folds down completely when not in use. Some useful optional add-ons are in the works, like a wireless charging holder.

Take photos or videos then use the stability of the holder for emailing, editing or browsing directly from your location, or a coffee shop nearby. However and wherever, Camlet Mount is designed to boost the capabilities of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Mount, shoot and share - from anywhere.

We will update the post as soon we have more information about launching on today.

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UPDATE: The kickstarter campaing is on line-->


Anonymous said...

... did he seriously just patent a GoPro hotshoe mount that attaches to a GoPro flat surface mount attached to a tablet mount?


Seriously, look at the kickstarter. The only "custom" piece in this whole system is a piece to invert the GoPro from Male (3 fins) to 2 fins to Male (3 fins) again.

Anonymous said...

You are right ... I thought thats a joke. ^^
And then he simply uses the dslr controller app.

I already use the DSLR controller app on my tablet with a hacked TP-Link TL-Mr3040 (CamRanger). I handhold the tablet when I'm doing architectural photos. I would rather not have a tablet attached to my camera, and chance moving the camera at all when I am layering multiple exposures together.

CaptKim said...

If you read the design process instead of just the pictures it actually explains that's from the first model he put together from existing parts.. like how most inventions start. The US patent office doesn't give you patents for something that already exists so, either GoPro don't even own it or, he changed it. Or both!